During individual talk therapy sessions, the conversation is often led by the therapist and can touch on topics such as past or current problems, experiences, thoughts, feelings or relationships experienced by the person while the therapist helps make connections and provide insight. Studies have found individual psychotherapy to be effective at improving symptoms in a wide array of mental illnesses, making it both a popular and versatile treatment. It can also be used for families, couples or groups.
A well-established, highly effective, and lasting treatment is called cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Benefits are usually seen in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the individual.
CBT is designed to help people notice and understand how their thoughts, behaviours and emotions affect each other. It is also designed to help them learn new ways of thinking about and responding to distressing situations. The therapist breaks down problems into feelings, thoughts and actions to work out which are unhelpful or unrealistic.
The programme consists of eight, one hour sessions completed weekly. It also teaches you more effective ways of solving problems. Please see your GP for a referral to this service.
Cognitive behavioral therapy CBT has become world-renowned for its impressive results in helping people change their behavior. For example, if a smoker tends to grab a cigarette whenever they are stressed, CBT helps that person identify the mental connection they have between stress-relief and cigarettes. Once that connection is explicit, the person becomes better able to challenge the impulse the next time it arises, and pursue alternatives.
Back to Moodzone. Talking therapies are psychological treatments for mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression. There are lots of different types of talking therapy, but they all involve working with a trained therapist.
Many of us still and society as a whole has an odd relationship with therapy and counselling. Everybody on this planet could benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help them cope with all that life throws at them, yet we in general ignore it, or are too worried what others may think if we go for therapy. For me, I look at it like going to the gym for my mind, and CBT is the mother of all routines. It is fast becoming one of the more successful treatment therapies for those with depression and anxiety but it can also be implemented to anyone wanting to bolster their mental fitness and capabilities.
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